The nation’s oldest 50 mile ultramarathon. Ultramarathon…Ultramarathon.. I completed an ultramarathon. This must mean that (if my wife’s hashtag is correct) that I am an ultramarathoner. I sit in front of the computer thinking about that fact with mixed emotions promising my wife that I would write this..
After another early night, we were up before the sun again and getting ready for the second part of our Double Dare challenge. While waiting for the 10K on Saturday, the temperature wasn’t too bad – in the 70s – which was a nice change from the temperature at home. The moment we stepped out of our hotel room Sunday morning, we could feel the difference. There was absolutely no breeze and it was several degrees warmer than the day before.
I didn’t necessarily pick the best outfit for running in sunny 90° weather, with my all black costume. With the Toy Story theme, I wanted to find a great character to represent on the course – and immediately fell in love with Wheezy!
Friday morning, Roswell and I boarded our very early flight and headed off to LAX, ready for an amazing weekend of races and part two of our Coast to Coast Challenge (see part one the Dopey Challenge here). I was a bit weary of the weather forecast, namely that it was going to be very hot – runDisney had even sent out a weather advisory. Mind you, the last two runDisney races we participated in also had weather advisories: WDW Half marathon (cancelled due to storms) and WDW Marathon (extreme cold). So I found it very fitting that this weekend would also have a weather advisory thanks to the heat forecasted.
Anyway, our flight was uneventful (I watched Hidden Figures – so good! – and rewatched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and before we knew it we’d arrived in Los Angeles. We took a car to our hotel where we dropped off our bags since it was too early to check in. From there, we headed straight to the expo.
Welcome to the final installment of my Dopey Challenge 2017 series! After the half marathon (or lack of half marathon) on Saturday, we relaxed around the resort and Disney Springs with a few friends who came to see us run the marathon the next day!
Before we knew it was it morning and we were up and heading to Epcot. After buying the race retreat during the Princess Half weekend a few years ago, I knew it was a good investment and BOY am I glad that we had somewhere warm to hang out because it WAS FREEZING. I definitely didn’t anticipate weather in the 30s with a crazy amount of wind, but I guess that is what the storm on Saturday brought in.
With the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend rapidly approaching, I figured I would finally finish my race recaps for the other half of our Coast-to-Coast Challenge. I shared my Walt Disney World 5K race recap back in January… so August seems like a great time to finally share the rest of the weekend.
While I fully admit to telling Roswell and my brother what to wear for the 5K, you can imagine our surprise when we took a look at our running gear as we got ready to head out the door for the 10K on Friday morning. I think that we clearly were all channeling our inner-Minnie!
Saturday was the perfect day for a run – the storms earlier in the week brought cooler weather, the sun was shining and the setting was picturesque. The Hardest Cider Run is part of a series put on by SourFish Events. The Great Pumpkin Run last fall was put on by the same group so I knew what to expect. This race took place at the Hauser Estate Winery, where Jack’s Hard Cider is produced – and man, was it GORGEOUS!